New England native Orrin Star, who plays mandolin, banjo and guitar, was inspired to pursue a flatpicking style after seeing Doc Watson perform in 1969. Seven years later, Star won the National Flatpicking Championship.
After winning that 1976 title Star pursued his musical career in the Boston area, but in 1993 moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he fronted a group called The Sultans of String.
No Frets Barred was Star's first solo album, released by Flying Fish in 1982. Wonderful Dish Rag comes from that LP, with the MP3 lifted from the original vinyl.
Wonderful Dish Rag
No Frets Barred has made a complete transition to the digital age. It's available on CD (CD Baby has the best price) and as a download.
Orrin Star maintains a fairly busy concert and workshop schedule, mainly in the New England states. Check his website for details.
Here's Star (on mandolin) in concert with his current performing partner Leon Morris (guitar).